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IAAF happy with Kenya's progress

15 June 2016, 13:56

Nairobi - Kenya has received positive feedback from the IAAF about their readiness for the 2017 World Under-18 Championships.

The Nairobi Safaricom Kasarani Stadium will stage the competition from July 12-16 next year and international athletics' governing body sent a delegation to the East African country to check on the progress.

Carlo de Angeli, IAAF head of event operations, was impressed with what he saw.

"I have the memories of 2007 World Cross Country Championships held in Mombasa and I know what this country can deliver in terms of enthusiasm to athletics," he is quoted as saying by Capitalfm.co.ke. 

"We know there have been challenges with the federation and formation of the LOC but I am happy to find out the good progress that is there."

He added: "I am happy I’ve seen progress and shall go back and report with my colleagues in Monaco what I’ve seen."

Mwangi Muthee, who was recently appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the LOC, says the championship gives Kenya the chance to prove to the world that they can host a successful international event.

"We are known as world class beaters in athletics. Come 2017 we would like Kenya to be seen as one of the best organisers in the world," he said. 

"We are happy with the support and assurances from the government. By end of the week we will be tendering for civil work and equipment needed for the championship."

- TEAMTalk Media


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